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Topic: Sub $300 Grinder Choices (3 msgs / 94 lines)
1) From: James House
I am seriously considering selling my practially new Mazzer Mini E and
picking up a couple of 200 - 250 dollar grinders.  One for me (to replace my
mazzer) and one for a friend, as a gift, that has been using a whirly blade
for a long time and really loves coffee and my home roasts.
I occassionally do espresso, but mostly do FP and Drip.  From what I have
been reading on the CoffeeGeek forums, it looks like a SMP or a Baratza
Virtuoso would work great from espresso to drip.
My friend is also an older gentleman and I want something easy for him to
adjust the grind with so I have avoided the Rocky series of grinders because
I hear they can be a little cumbersome to adjust the grind.  Correct me if I
am wrong here.
Also if I am not mistaken, the SMP, Virtuoso, and Rocky are all very
similiar in grind consistency and ability to produce from espresso to drip.
Thanks,
James
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2) From: Mike Coppola
James,
I've owned the SMP for a couple of years.  I'd agree that it's great 
from FP to Drip, and it's great for espresso too; however, I've found 
that it's burrs don't last long when grinding for espresso.  If you only 
ever use it for FP or Drip, then I'd expect the burrs to last quite a 
while.  I'm due for a new set as I've been drinking more and more 
espresso.  Thanks to homeroast no less! :)  A Rocky may be in my future.
Mike
James House wrote:
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3) From: miKe mcKoffee
Adjusting grind from Espresso range to Press or Vac or Drip back to whatever
very simple with Rocky, been doing it all the time for 4+ years. The jury is
still out whether the Baratza Virtuso is really a decent espresso grinder or
not. 
Regardless Rocky not in same league as a Mazzer for espresso duty. Don't get
me wrong Rocky very respectable, but if/when you really get into fine tuning
your shots, especially ristrettos, Rocky doesn't have the adjustability of a
Mazzer.
 
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	Sent: Thursday, July 13, 2006 11:38 AM
	
	I am seriously considering selling my practially new Mazzer Mini E
and picking up a couple of 200 - 250 dollar grinders.  One for me (to
replace my mazzer) and one for a friend, as a gift, that has been using a
whirly blade for a long time and really loves coffee and my home roasts. 
	 
	I occassionally do espresso, but mostly do FP and Drip.  From what I
have been reading on the CoffeeGeek forums, it looks like a SMP or a Baratza
Virtuoso would work great from espresso to drip.
	 
	My friend is also an older gentleman and I want something easy for
him to adjust the grind with so I have avoided the Rocky series of grinders
because I hear they can be a little cumbersome to adjust the grind.  Correct
me if I am wrong here. 
	 
	Also if I am not mistaken, the SMP, Virtuoso, and Rocky are all very
similiar in grind consistency and ability to produce from espresso to drip.
	 
	Thanks,
	 
	James


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